Geneva Lake

Marble Colorado Hikes

Overall Member Rating: 5 out of 5 stars5 out of 5 stars5 out of 5 stars5 out of 5 stars5 out of 5 stars (2 Member Reviews)
5 out of 5
A half-day hike to Geneva Lake, or longer trip up to Trail Rider Pass, or down to join the North Fork trail. Geneva Lake makes an ideal day trip for hikers who find themselves in the Marble area. Although it is a short hike, it offers outstanding variety: spectacular waterfalls, flower-strewn meadows, views of towering peaks of pale granite and brilliant-red sandstone, and a sparkling subalpine lake at the journey’s end. For a longer day loop of 7.1 miles, continue along the North Fork Cutoff for aerial views of the surrounding country, then hike down the North Fork of the Crystal to return to the trailhead. Geneva Lake has received a surplus of camping pressure during the past; thus campers are required to pitch their tents in designated sites away from the lakeshore. Don’t come here looking for solitude.
Hiking Colorado's Maroon Bells-Snowmass Wilderness

DESCRIPTION FROM:

Hiking Colorado's Maroon Bells-Snowmass Wilderness

by Erik Molvar (Falcon Publishing)

A half-day hike to Geneva Lake, or longer trip up to Trail Rider Pass, or down to join the North Fork trail. Geneva Lake makes an ideal day trip for hikers who find themselves in the Marble area. Although it is a short hike, it offers outstanding variety: spectacular waterfalls, flower-strewn meadows, views of towering peaks of pale granite and brilliant-red sandstone, and a sparkling subalpine lake at the journey’s end. For a longer day loop of 7.1 miles, continue along the North Fork Cutoff for aerial views of the surrounding country, then hike down the North Fork of the Crystal to return to the trailhead. Geneva Lake has received a surplus of camping pressure during the past; thus campers are required to pitch their tents in designated sites away from the lakeshore. Don’t come here looking for solitude.

©   Erik Molvar/Falcon Publishing. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Marble
Length: 9
Elevation Gain: 2,668 feet
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Moderate (the North Fork Cutoff is strenuous when approached from the north)
Season: Mid-July to mid-October
Trailhead Elevation: 9,800 feet
Top Elevation: 11,300 feet
Local Contacts: Sopris District, White River National Forest
Local Maps: USGS Snowmass Mountain
Trail Photos
Got photos of this trail? Upload Now
View All Photos

Recent Trail Reviews

10/9/2009

This is a great trail. We brought all of our camping gear and camped near the lake. There are no wood fires allowed at the lake. This is a big let down given our late fall trip. Don't be fooled by the approach description. The roads coming into both sides of this trail head are very very rough. We have done it in a Ford Excursion and a Ford Explorer. Realizing they are not the finest off-road vehicles, they do represent what most people will come to the trail head in. These cars did not make it to the trail head. I suggest going Crystal, CO and parking just after the sign that suggests extreme off-roading vehicles only. This will leave you with an extra 1.5 mile hike to the trail head. Overall this trail is worth any hardship in getting to it. The lake is amazing and serves as a great launching pad for Snowmass or Haggerman peaks.

8/20/2009

Geneva lake is one of my favorite hikes in the area, I grew up and still live in Marble, I have done this hike a dozen times. As posted by coulior the jeep trail is ruff and for experienced off-road drivers only, its heavily traveled mid-summer and late fall. Several people get stranded on the road every year and it costs at least $1,000 to be towed out The trail is well worth the drive or hike, it passes waterfalls, scenic over-views and the lake is amazing. From the road its a short, moderate up hill hike, I highly recommended this hike!

View All Reviews